November 30, 2012

WHFB Battle Report - Ogres vs. Night Goblins 2400pts

First match up with my Ogres against Jeffs Night Goblin Fanatic horde last night and I got brutalised.  Fanatics popped out left right and centre, Mangler Squigs were whirling here and there and the Foot of Gork just kept stomping and stomping and stomping.  Not to mention the 2 Rock Lobbers and 2 Doom Divers that were raining death and destruction down on me constantly - honestly I think he's been playing against Dwarfs too much, his first lists had no warmachines in them no he has 4!!

Photos are a bit dodgy as I was using my daughters new camera and couldnt figure out how to make it work properly...

Initial set up for Blood and Glory - in hindsight the Mournfang should have gone on a flank where they could reduce the number of fanatics that might come there way.  Also needed some Sabre Tusks but dont have them yet.
2 big blocks of bulls, an IronGut Bus, 4xMournfang, Ironblaster, L4 SM, L1 FB and 2 Bruisers should be enough to cause Jeff some headaches.  I got first move in and just went for it forgetting at this stage about the fanatics.
Hey Ho Lets Go!!!!! Mournfang all set to charge the Trolls next turn
Sneaky buggers Goblins - Jeff plants both of his Manglers (proxied by my FW Space Marines) in front of my lines.  While I have space to move the Mournfang around one of them I can now only charge the Night Goblins.
Quintas Varius give me back by Mournfang!!! (Choco Fish for anyone who gets the historical reference in that).  Mournfang charge the Night Goblins and make it.  Night Goblins release 3 Fanatics that pop straight through them and do.... 23 hits and 18 wounds!!!! So bye bye Mournfang.  Still the Ironguts are all set up as is the Brusier - Bull Bus.
Damn it for bloody Fanatics - little buggers pop up everywhere.
Great here come the Trolls - Fanatics everywhere keep me static and I also get a Wolf Chariot in the rear to boot.  Damn Mangler is also runs riot through my unit doing 4 wounds.  Ruby Ring on the Bruiser is no more after it miscast and destroyed itself in Turn 1 and the Flaming Banner was on the Mournfang
Meanwhile on the other flank the Firebelly Bus gets surrounded by Fanatics (2 of them), and is basically left to charge a horde of Night Goblins while taking 2 Chariots to the flank.

To you see how few Ironguts remain in the left of the picture.... Just 1 out of 10 thanks to the Foot of Gork which goes Stompy Stompy Stomp Stomp not once but 4 times on the unit (turns out later that it shouldnt have gone as as the casting mage didnt have them in his front arc - but serves me right for not knowing the rules).  Meanwhile the Bruiser-Bull bus has killed a couple of trolls and is hanging on Ok.
Stop making those damn Regeneration saves Jeff!!!! But look behind the Trolls whats that??  Its my BSB, Slaughtermaster and the sole surviving Iron Gut charging a horde of 60 Night Goblins single handed.
Ah ha ha I have you know!!!

Somethings gone wrong here my Bruiser Bull bus has been vaporised - but the BSB/SM/Irongut team is cutting a swathe through the Night Goblins.  Ironblaster is also putting Cannon Balls through Night Goblin units, as well as popping a Mangler and a Chariot.
Not many left now... 38/60....
This doesnt end well so we'll stop looking about now OK
Its just the Ironblaster and the 3 Ogre attack squad still going now and they keep getting spells cast on them.  There were 4 miscasts during the game btw 3 of which ended in the dreaded S10 Large Template roll a D6 to see if your Mage lives miscast roll.  The SM managed to survive but Jeffs L4 got eaten in Turn 6.
3 Ogre killing spree at full steam only 10/60 Night Goblins left now and they are about to break and run away.

Meanwhile the Ironblaster can only look on - he eventually gets pulversied by 2 Doom Divers and the remaining Rock Lobber - the other one destroyed itself.
Last stand of the righteous Slaughter Master and BSB alone in the wood facing down the Goblin horde.  What does Jeff do, pummels them with Magic and his warmachines (I plumb forgot about the Ironcurse Icon on the BSB the entire game).  End of his Turn 6 and end of game only my BSB is still alive.

Not quite how I saw this game going - definetely need some Sabretusks especially against Night Goblins with Fanatics.  They are a tricky army to play against and Jeff uses them really well.  Not sure how his list would fare against something more mobile and against my Ogres he nearly came unstuck - Fanatics taking out the Mournfang and the Foot of Gork really changed things.  If 3 Ogres can charge and defeat a unit of 60 Night Goblins, imagine what would have happened had a unit of 10 Ironguts got a charge in on a similar unit.

Next week its Ogres vs. Warriors of Chaos - 2nd to last club night of the year

November 29, 2012

Word Bearers inspiration

Started the process of painting my Word Bearers the other night giving them a base coat then alternating layers of Mechrite Red, Red Wash, Scab Red, Blood Red (drybrushed).

Gave one of the MkIII guys the full treatment highlights etc - but while he looks good from a distance close up its not that great; so much so that Im not going to post the pictures (using a new camera with 5x the resolution of my old one didnt help much either).  Overall, it turned out a little too light in terms of the red.

Inspiration wise I have drawn on a large number of sources but the main ones I am using are...

 I found these pictures on Flikr at the following link so full credit to a guy called Rovient.  These are simply awesome and are exactly what I am going to try and achieve.  Although after painting my models last night I have to say that the Forgeworld models are far better than the GW ones.  MkIII armour is more brutal an realistic than the curved smoothed look of the GW MkVII

Also got my copy of the key books on the Word Bearers in the post yesterday - the Omibus set post heresy and the First Heretic set during the Heresy.  Re-reading the first 4 books in the Horus Heresy series also gives you strong clues as to the important role the Word Bearers played in turning Horus over to Chaos and the strength of their religious zealotry - particularly Erebus.

November 26, 2012

Forgeworld Horus Heresy Space Marines arrive

Got my first lot of Forgeworld Space Marines in the mail yesterday - 5 x Marines in Mk III Iron Armour, 5 x Marines in Mk IV Legion Armour, 10 xe Phobos Pattern Bolters and MkIV Armour command upgrades. 

Added to this is a unit of GW Chaos Space Marines wearing what I assume is Mk VI or Mk VII Armour which I got off my club mate Caleb after he very kindly gave me a box of leftover 40k bits at Vermintide a week or so ago.  So my Horus Heresy Word Bearers force is starting to take shape.

I have to say that the Forgeworld models are absolutely superb (they even put the tread on the soles of their boots) - although I hate assembling Resin damn superglue always gives me issues - the sculpts are fantastic and I am really digging the MkIII pattern armour.  A few more of these will be on the cards once I figure out what else I need to build a decent 500-1500pt list.

Few pictures here of the 5 assembled Mk III armoured Marines - 3 with Phobos bolters and 2 with GW Bolters and Bolt Pistols in holsters (as I got annoyed when the resin Phobos ones wouldnt stick), and a few comparison shots of the GW vs. Forgeworld sculpts etc.


Unfortunately I am completely out of Badab Black basecoat and red paint so I cant start on them just yet.  Expect more next week though.

November 19, 2012

WHFB Tournie Report - Ogres on the March

Game 1 vs. Dwarfs (Matthew Hassel)
Scenario – Dawn Attack
First Turn - Ogres

Grotgut Flesheater Butcher and leader of the Firepit Clan (so named after the Clan leader’s habit of getting blind drunk and falling into the firepit on a regular basis) rubbed his belly in anticipation of the meal ahead. The small things called Dwarfs took time to prepare properly, all that hair took an age to pluck out and scrap away but the resulting meal was mouth wateringly good. The more heavily armoured the Dwarf the greater the flavour too and these Dwarfs were very heavily armoured. All around him Ogre bellies rumbled loudly, saliva dripping from a multitude of mouths as his Warband readied itself for the coming meal – a meal that was advancing closer with every passing minute. Burping loudly Grotgut gave the order to advance; his salivating Ogres didn’t need to be told twice as the raced toward the well armoured snacks in front of them….

Grotgut Flesheater and the Firepit Clan Mournfang
The rest of the Firepit Clan Ogres advance on their meal

BA-BOOM!!!! A great cheer went up from the Firepit Clan Warband as the Ironblaster sent a cannon ball straight into the Organ Gun battery the Dwarves had deployed on their right flank. The advancing Mournfang quickened their pace and Grotgut ran to make way for them now the nasty Dwarven Warmachines no longer threatened them. Dwarven Grudge throwers responded in kind though landing a hail of giant stones on top of the Ironguts and the Firepit Clans Battle Standard Bearer – 2 Ironguts fell dead as huge boulders turned them into piles of goo.
The Ironblaster charges the first meal of the day

As the Mournfang advanced toward the Dwarven flank the stupid Gnoblar crewing the Ironblaster made the mistake of poking the Rhinox with his spear – causing it to charge headlong into the Dwarven Warriors in front of it – before the Mournfang and Grotgut were ready for their own attacks. Not wanting to miss out on a meal the Ironguts elbowed their way past the Bulls to their left and charged into the other Dwarven regiment.
Firepit Clan Mournfang hit the flank of the Dwarven snack to fix the Ironguts mess

AGGHHH!!! Stupid oafs – thinking with gut instead of head. Grotgut Flesheater blew his nose on the Bull next to him and cursed as the Ironguts somehow got killed by their meal, and the Ironblaster nearly suffered the same fate.

EAT, EAT, EAT!!!!!!! The battle cry of the Firepit clan went up from the Mournfang Cavalry as they charged into the flank of the Dwarven snack that had driven off the Ironblaster – this at least had managed to rally itself. As was expected the Dwarfs stood no chance and the Mournfang ran over them as though they weren’t even there. Charging forward to feast on the few fleeing Dwarfs who remained alive the Mournfang went a little too far and exposed their flank to the other Dwarf regiment.
Mournfang overrun to far and expose their flank

UGGHH!!! The Dwarfs prove to be a tougher snack than expected and 2 of the 3 Mournfang stupidly manage to get themselves killed by their food. But they at least give the rest of the Clan a chance to enjoy the meal as Grotgut, the clans Bulls and the Ironblaster surround, charge into and wipe out the stubborn Dwarfs.

Another glorious victory for the clan and a good meal too, albeit a little tougher than expected.
A good way to start where things went pretty much how I had planned, the random deployment of Dawn Attack giving me an added boost in the placement of the Mournfang on a flank away from the Organ Gun. The Ironblaster worked a treat and the Mournfang were just brutal. 

Final Result – Major Victory 15-5 
Ogre VP – 1449 
Dwarf VP – 423 

GAME 2 vs. Skaven
Scenario – Meeting Engagement
First Turn – Ogres

The morning after the Grotgut Flesheater and the Ogres of the Firepit Clan had finished their Dwarven meal their breakfast (consisting of a few leftover Dwarfs and some random sheep) was rudely interrupted by a pack of dirty looking rat things. Grotgut recognised them as Skaven, horrible dirty creatures worse than Gnoblars, definitely inedible and prone to fighting when they should be eating.
Damn rats interupt our breakfast.... GRRR

This lot seemed stupider than normal no-one interrupts an Ogre when he is eating and soon a unit of Firepit Bulls was charging headlong at a small wood where a group of Gutter Runners had shown themselves.
Firepit Clan Bulls see off the Gutter Runners
Killing most of them and forcing the rest to flee the Bulls continued their charge toward the rest of the Skaven force aiming straight for a large Warp Lightning Cannon which being rather shiny proved to be an irresistible target for them.
Following the example of the Bulls the rest of the Clan advance

Meanwhile the rest of the Firepit Clan had also charged forward so rapidly in fact that Grotgut and his bodyguard of Bulls had been left lagging behind. The Ironblaster didn’t help his mood either when the sound of its discharging shot scared away they sheep he had been saving for lunch – the fact that it managed to obliterate a Skaven Doomwheel was not, Grotgut, thought much compensation for a lost meal.
Time to charge!!!!!!!
Perhaps being left behind wasn’t a bad thing after all – that damn Warp Lightning Cannon and more Lightning from a Skaven mage managed to BBQ one of the Mournfang before they and the Ironguts could get close enough to charge the Skaven infantry.

Crunch time!!!!

ARGHGH!!! The Firepit Ironguts and the surviving Mournfang crashed into the Storm Vermin acting as the bodyguard for the Skaven General and Battle Standard Bearer. Their impact killed several of the rats instantly but before Ogre weapons could be brought to bear the faster Skaven infantry began to carve deep wounds into the Firepit Clan Ogres.

Bye Bye Warp Lightning Cannon
Into the flank go the other rats - Grotgut is not happy.
Grotgut was definitely in a bad mood now – those stupid Ironguts had managed to get themselves killed when they not only failed to wipe out the Storm Vermin to the front of them, but then let the Skaven Clan Rats charge them in the flank. To top it off the Clan Battle Standard Bearer decided to run away, thinking he could move as fast as a Mournfang – he couldn’t and died when he tripped, fell and impaled himself on his own standard. In the end only one Irongut got away. But at least on the other side of the battle the other Bulls had managed to kill that annoying Warp Lightning Cannon.


Grotgut decided he was going to have to do it all himself – the other Bulls had now been killed by the Gutter Runners after they stopped to examine the pretty baubles and shiny metal bits on the destroyed Warp Lightning Cannon – and his unit was now the only one still intact on the battlefield.

Roaring in anger Grotgut and his accompanying Bulls hit the Storm Vermin with massive force (D3 impact hits each resulting in 10 hits and 8 wounds) and a mass of Rats were stomped into the ground as the Ogres charged through and over them.

In the melee that followed the remaining Storm Vermin were killed and the Skaven General only just managed to flee out of range of Grotgut and his Bulls. But Grotguts sense of victory was short lived. The Skaven Gutter Runners soon started raining missile fire down on the remaining Ogres and the damned Skaven Mage kept throwing Warp Lightning and Scorching Fire at them as well.

The few surviving members of the Firepit Clan try and hide
Grotgut and the few remaining Ogres decided that survival was the best option and spent the rest of the battle running away from Skaven missile fire and magic. Eventually the Rats got tired of chasing them and the few remaining Firepit Ogres limped back to their camp – Grotgut immunity to poison the only thing keeping him alive at the end of the battle.

Final Result – Narrow Win 11-9 
Ogre VP 1068
Skaven VP 930